A nurse is teaching a pregnant woman about healthy nutrition during pregnancy. Which are the best food sources to add to the diet to help prevent neural tube defects?

  • tuna fish, string cheese, whole milk
  • chicken breast, eggs, applesauce
  • sausage patties, banana slices, carrots
  • strawberries, spinach and lettuce salad, avocado
Number 4 is correct.
Pregnant women need 400 – 800 mcg of folic acid per day. Folic acid is a B vitamin linked to helping to prevent neural tube defects. Foods high in folic acid include strawberries and other citrus fruits, whole grains, legumes, leafy greens such as spinach and lettuce, and avocado.